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Passwords: Arthur Sze on Ma Chih-yuan, Li Ho & Li Shang-yin
Arthur Sze reads and discusses three visionary poets in the tradition of classical Chinese poetry. Ma Chih-yuan (1260-1334), one of the great playwrights of the Yuan dynasty, wrote outstanding poems in the ch’ü, or song, form. Li Ho (790-816) was a child prodigy whose rich, complex poems draw on Chinese shamanism and mythology. Li Shang-yin (813-858) wrote brilliantly hermetic and veiled poems that are considered some of the greatest love poems in classical Chinese.